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3 Former Student Activists Arrested Under Hong Kong’s New Security Law

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Three former members of Studentlocalism, a group advocating for Hong Kong’s independence, were arrested Tuesday under the city’s new national security law for allegedly publishing content inciting secession on social media, the Associated Press reported.

Tony Chung, the former leader of Studentlocalism and former members William Chan and Yanni Ho were previously arrested under the national security law in July for allegedly inciting secession, according to the AP.

Chung was arrested near the U.S. Consulate Tuesday morning while the other two were detained while reporting to police stations, per the same report.

HONG KONG, CHINA - JUNE 9: Pro-democracy protesters march in the Central district of Hong Kong on June 9, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. The city marks the one-year anniversary since pro-democracy protests erupted following opposition to a bill allowing extraditions to mainland China. (Photo by Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images)

HONG KONG, CHINA – JUNE 9: Pro-democracy protesters march in the Central district of Hong Kong on June 9, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. The city marks the one-year anniversary since pro-democracy protests erupted following opposition to a bill allowing extraditions to mainland China. (Photo by Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images)

Studentlocalism advocated localism and wanted to set up a “Republic of Hong Kong.” However, the group stopped activities in June over the new national security legislation.

Media mogul Jimmy Lai was arrested in August for suspicion of foreign collusion with Hong Kong police raiding his pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper under the national security laws. (RELATED: China Says US Is Using ‘Gangster Logic’ In Response To Hong Kong Security Law That Punishes Subversion)

The Chinese government approved the security laws back in May, which allows state-security agencies from mainland China to operate in Hong Kong, override the authority of Hong Kong’s local government and allow China to punish for political dissent.

The laws were enacted in June, creating the Commission for Safeguarding National Security in Hong Kong which will report rebellious acts, including secession, to the Chinese government.

Immediately following the implementation of the laws, a protester was arrested for holding a Hong Kong independence flag during pro-democracy protests July 1.